OK, I have 2 "mods" to share. #1 is my wood chip pan. It consists of 3 screws and a 12" pizza pan from Wal-Mart (<$3.00). It sits just above the element and works great for chips. Not very good for chunks though.
#2 After seeing WingNut's post, I went on a mission to build a temperature controller.
The controller consists of the following (sorted by cost):
1 JLD612 PID Temperature Controller (came with 3ft K-Type Thermocouple) [eBay]
1 Large Radio Shack project box [Radio Shack]
1 A/C Extension cord [Lowes]
1 25 amp Solid State Relay [eBay]
1 Large Heat sink [eBay]
2 30amp toggle switches [Lowes]
1 12ft K-Type Thermocouple [eBay]
1 pkg Ideal terminal kit [Lowes]
1 tube heatsink grease [Radio Shack]
3' 12ga single stranded cable [Lowes]
3' 18ga double stranded cable [Lowes]
1 pkg wire caps [Lowes]